Cold Process Intermediate Soapmaking 1

Layering and Embedding Techniques in Soap
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

You can learn layering and embedding techniques in this Intermediate Soapmaking class featuring many popular designs, including the ombre layer and spoon layer or swirl with step by step demonstration videos walking you through the process.

This is a comprehensive, course consisting of slideshow presentations, videos, downloadable PDFs, and quizzes to highlight important information in a professional format. You’ll be able to learn everything you would in a traditional classroom and ask any questions along the way all from the comfort of your home.

Topics include:

  • Layering techniques
  • Two Tone Soaps
  • Ombre or Gradient Soaps
  • Spoon Layer (AKA Spoon Swirl)
  • Mica Veins
  • Embedding techniques
  • Making shapes to embed
  • Log Mold Embedding
  • Slab Mold Embedding
  • Combining Layering and Embedding
  • Supplies & equipment
  • Step by step demonstration
  • Tips & tricks
  • And more

Includes: Intermediate 1 Manual PDF

Our classes are unique in the industry. Each course is designed in logical sequence in a well thought out curriculum. Classes are very comprehensive and cover small details that are often overlooked in other courses and books, but make life easier for soapmakers (things we wished we had learned as a new soapmaker). The class is built on a professional platform, where you can learn at your own pace on your own time, anywhere in the world. You just need internet access and a desire to learn.

What are the requirements?

  • CP Beginner Soapmaking class or equivalent experience
  • Desire to learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn to create layers in soap
  • Learn to embed soap
  • Learn tips and tricks for success

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginner to Intermediate Soapmakers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Intermediate Soapmaking 1

Welcome to the Class! This slide show gives a brief overview of what we will cover in the class. Feel free to post questions along the way. We are here to help!

CP Intermediate 1 Manual

This tools and safety visit is included in all of our courses. Lye handling safety is very important, therefore we review this point every time.


This is a walk through of soapmaking. It is meant as a review. If you are new to soapmaking, we recommend you take our Beginner CP Soapmaking class for in depth learning.


Knowing the difference in your trace consistencies and when to use them is necessary for intermediate techniques. This slide show reviews this information.

10 questions

Quiz Description

Section 2: Creating Layers in Soap

Layers need to remain intact. Use these tips to prevent breaking through your layers with new ones.


Create a two tone soap with this video. It shows you how to make a two layer soap and gives the basics needed for other layer techniques.


Ombre or gradient layers are inspired by the fashion industry. This video explains how to create this effect. You can use the steps in this video for making striped soaps as well.


A spoon layer is an abstract design created by layering colors of soap in random patterns. The end result resembles a basic swirl, hence the reason this is also known as a spoon swirl. This is a tri-colored layered soap with amazing results.

Layering Techniques
5 questions
Section 3: Embedding in Soap

This is a brief overview of some of the ways to create embedments in soapmkaing.


This ultra simple embedding technique is completed in a slab or tray mold. As an added BONUS, we've included a sneak peek of our intermediate swirl class.


This simple embedded design in a log mold creates a moonlit sky scene. Using embedments to create scenes adds a whimsical appeal to your soaps.

Embedding Techniques
5 questions
Section 4: Combining Layering and Embedding

This photo slide show tutorial explains how to combine layering and embedding to create a soap that resembles banana cream pie.


This vibrant colored soap is reminiscent of the rocky layers of Sedona and other beautiful mountainous regions worldwide. The tutorial shows you how to combine layering and embedding to achieve these results.

Section 5: Conclusion

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Instructor Biography

Erica D Pence, Certified Advanced Soapmaking Teacher

Erica Pence is a soapmaker, teacher, author, and blogger. She is the founder and CEO of Bath Alchemy Lab providing soap, bath & body, and candle making classes, and Herban Apothecary (formerly The Bonnie Bath Co.), her own line of bath and body products. She is author of the blog, Soap-Blog, where she provides information for those in the bath and body industry. Erica is a long-time columnist for The Saponifier magazine and a speaker for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild 2014 Conference. She holds a BA in Education, and combines her love for teaching and researching with her passion for soapmaking. Erica is a native Floridian, who now resides in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs, and an old cat.

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